One Dead and Eight Injured in Three Vehicle Crash in East Baton Rouge Parish

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Troop A News Release

Central, LA – Shortly before 11:00 pm on February 4, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a three vehicle fatality crash on LA 37 north of Central Thruway in East Baton Rouge Parish. The crash resulted in the death of one person and eight others being injured.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as an unidentified driver was traveling southbound on LA 37 in a 1999 Ford F-150.  At the same time, 36 year old Shervin Shaidee was traveling northbound on LA 37 in a 2008 BMW 328.  For reasons still under investigation, the unidentified driver crossed the center line and sideswiped Shaidee’s vehicle.  The unidentified driver continued across the center and collided head-on with a northbound 2004 Ford Explorer driven by 52 year old Charles Dame.

The unidentified driver was unrestrained and suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office.  Shaidee was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries in the crash.  Dame and his six passengers were also properly restrained and sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate.  It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash but a toxicology sample will be taken from all drivers for analysis.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants of a motor vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position.  While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.  Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.